Nazareth Manifesto and the Year of Jubilee - Part 1
|2009-04-05||Isaiah 61 & Luke 4|
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I. God has a Plan to Bless His Righteous People so that He may be Glorified
6 But you shall be named the priests of the LORD, they shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles…7 you shall have double honor…Everlasting joy shall be theirs. 8 I will direct their work in truth…9 All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed. 11…Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. 62:1 For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a lamp that burns. 2 The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory…3 You shall also be a crown of glory In the hand of the LORD…
II. God uses His Servants so His People can be Experience All of His Blessings (Jn 20:21 as Father sent Me…so send I you)
Lk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me a) to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me b) to heal the brokenhearted, c) to proclaim forgiveness to the captives and d) recovery of sight to the blind, d) to set at liberty those who are oppressed, (58:6) 19 e) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD. (gap) 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Acts 10:38 "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. 39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. 40 Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, 42 And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. 43 To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
A. To proclaim the good news to the poor/meek/humble
Mt 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Lk 6:20…eyes toward His disciples: "Blessed are you poor, For yours is
Lk 7:22 Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.
B. To heal the brokenhearted
Mt 13:15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.’
Mt 8:8 Centurion: Lord, I am not worthy that you should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 10 Jesus marveled, and said to those who followed, "Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!
1Pt 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Heb 12:4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 forgotten 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore strengthen…knees 13 make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
C. To proclaim forgiveness/deliverance/remission to the captives
Lk 1:68 Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, 74 to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, 75 in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life. 77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people by the remission of their sins, 78 through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
D. The recovery of sight to the blind
Jn 9:25 He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.
Rev 3:17 "Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’ ——and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—:18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
E. To set at liberty those who are oppressed
Jn 8:31 Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.33 They answered "We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, ‘You will be made free’?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
Rm 6:11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
F. 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
Year of Jubilee = Fresh Start
Isa 49:8 Thus says the LORD: "In an acceptable time I have heard You, and in the day of salvation I have helped You; I will preserve You and give You As a covenant to the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; 2Cor 6:2 For He says: "In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. Are forgiveness and “blessings” automatic, or is there something we have to do to get/receive them? What do we have to do/believe?